Tampa Fishing Charters
Tampa and Clearwater, FL

Tampa Fishing Charters

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The Tampa, Clearwater, and Tampa Bay areas offer a broad array of Tampa and Clearwater fishing charters. Your Tampa fishing trip begins fishing along our beautiful, world class beaches for game fish like Snook, whose drag screaming runs and jumps will excite even veteran anglers. If redfish are your primary target, you can pursue these tough battlers out on the Tampa Bay fishing flats, or in tight against the mangroves or other shoreline structure. Speckled sea trout represent our most readily available game fish in Tampa, FL. Trout can be caught most times of the year and often, from late November to early April, in great abundance. During the spring and fall months, near shore Clearwater fishing, (2 - 9 miles out) offers the opportunity to catch a wide range of species including Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, kingfish, grouper, and others.  All of these species can be caught in Tampa and Clearwater using artificial lures or live bait.

Clearwater FL Fishing Charters

Fishing trips in Tampa and Clearwater for all ages and skill levels

Gone Fishing Charters prides itself in providing  high quality tackle and a well maintained, top of the line, boat. Fishing is a great sport that can be enjoyed by everyone from kids to adults,and anglers of all skill levels. Fishing charters are not limited to season or location, providing a healthy diversion from daily life. Take time to go fishing, relax, and create fishing trip memories that will last a lifetime!

Go Tampa Fishing Now !
Call me today to reserve your fishing adventure !!

Tight lines.
Captain Stewart Ames

 

Captain Stewart Ames

As a friend of mine once said, I feel sorry for anyone who hasn't discovered their passion in life. We all have one inside of us. It's that activity that brings you immense satisfaction. Captain Stewart Ames, Tampa and Clearwater Fishing ChartersAt seven years of age, I was introduced to fishing and knew it would be a part of my life from there forward. Although I fished whenever the opportunity arose, it would be a long time before I would actually become a guide. I went to high school, then college. Next, I held a variety of sales positions that took me to every state in the US.  Then, in late 2005, it was time....time to walk away to spend my working hours doing something that I had always really wanted to do...fish. I pulled the plug to pursue my dream...become a fishing guide in the great state of Florida....arguably one of the best states to fish in the entire United States. 

My intent was to offer the kind of service that I would expect from a top quality, professional, guide. I would cater my trips to the age and skill level of those on my boat to maximize my customer’s enjoyment. Most importantly, I would let my passion and intensity for catching fish show each and every time on the water. My commitment is to provide all of my customers with this type of experience.


"I would let my passion and intensity for catching fish show each and every time I was on the water"

Boat and Fishing Tackle

Tampa Fishing Charter Boat

You will be fishing in a state of the art, 2005, custom-built, 24 foot Sheaffer boat. Made locally in Tampa, Florida, this boat is designed specifically to fish the shallow, inshore waters of the Tampa area. Your fishing guide, Captain Stewart Ames, is US Coast Guard licensed and fully insured and has 25 years of light tackle fishing experience in Northern Pinellas County. It is this experience that guarantees that you’ll be fishing where the fish are at any given time of the year. Your fishing charter includes tackle, bait, fishing license, ice, water, and photos of your fishing experience. Your catch will be cleaned, bagged and iced.  Maximum capacity is 6 anglers but parties of 2 - 4 anglers are best.

Great Sight Fishing Capability

With a second set of controls up in the tower, sight fishing ability is greatly enhanced. The net effect is more time spent fishing where the fish are. The tower also increases the chances at getting a good cast at a roving Cobia, Shark or Tarpon that otherwise might not be seen.

Sun Protection

During the heat of summer, the tower sun shade can make your fishing experience that much more enjoyable. An additional front sun shade can be attached if requested.

Fishing Tackle

The highest quality tackle is provided for your fishing trip to insure that when a fish is hooked, chances are maximized to land it.

  • Rods - Shimano Spinning Rods - 7.5 feet
  • Reels - Shimano and Penn 4000 - 6000 Series Spinning Reels
  • Line - All rods are spooled with  Berkeley Braided line.
  • Leaders - Ande high quality flourocarbon material.
  • Hooks - Owner Hooks
  • Artificial Lures - Broad variety of popular brands

Snook, an elusive and prized gamefish!

Snook clearly represent the class of the inshore game fish. Their speed, strong runs and occasionalsnook-fishing-charter jumps make them the fish of choice for many Florida anglers. Snook are available year round; however the cooler, winter water temperatures slow their metabolisms significantly and make them a difficult target during our coldest months. A wide range of artificial and natural baits can be used to catch snook. The most commonly used method is live baiting with scaled sardines or “whitebait”. However, be sure to review all current fishing regulations before keeping any Snook as this species is heavily protected. Spring and fall fishing typically takes place along inshore structure…river mouths, mangrove shorelines and residential docks. Come late spring, fish move out to the beaches, gather in larger groups and can be caught in greater numbers. During the hottest months of summer, fish tends to feed best during low light periods and at night.

Redfish are strong and unrelenting when hooked.

Redfish are an extremely popular target for West Coast Florida inshore fisherman. They are abundant, generally aggressive feeders and, once located, can be caught in significant numbers. Tampa Redfish FishingAlthough lacking the speed and jumping ability of the snook, they are most appreciated for their powerful, fighting style. When fishing the flats with artificial baits such as plastic baits or spoons, a redfish provides a jarring strike. Using bait, the take is typically a light tap followed by a driving run. Larger schools of fish can also be located on shallow grass flats. Getting properly positioned in front of a large school of “reds” can quickly put a bend in every rod on the boat. Redfish provide good summer action, even during the hottest months. Although fishing is slower during the winter, groups of fish can be located in the warmer backwater locations. Once located, these schools can provide “rapid fire” action.

Fishing Charter Departure Location

My boat is docked at, and your fishing charter will depart from, Ozona Fish Camp (formerly Marino's Marina). There is ample free parking in the lot.

Please use the Google Map link below to facilitate directions to the marina.

Ozona Fish Camp 286 Shore Dr Palm Harbor, FL 34683 - Click Here for Google Map


jay-highley"I have fished with Stewart a number of times and have also recommended him to a number of my friends and family members. Stewart is a true professional and whether it's your first time out or you're a seasoned pro, he adjusts his style to make you feel at home. He is knowledgeable about the area, passionate about his fishing and his equipment is always first class. Most importantly, he always puts us on some great fish
Regards,
Jay Highley,
President and Chief Operating Officer,
Tetherball, LLC"

Offering Full and Half Day Tampa and Clearwater Fishing Charters

The Tampa sun breaks on the eastern horizon. The morning still has a comfortable coolness to it. Skies are blue.  Waters are calm. The bait well bustles with 400 frisky baits caught just an hour before. Your charter boat is clean as a whistle.  Fishing tackle is rigged and ready. A big Yamaha four stroke engine purrs quietly in the background. Everything is perfect. IT’S TIME TO FISH! Your Tampa fishing charter awaits!

What type of fish will we encounter on our fishing charter?

The Tampa and Clearwater areas have a diverse fish population. As a result, a multitude of fish species may be landed on your Tampa fishing charter. In most cases, light tackle is used to make catching these fish both exciting and entertaining. Included among these species are: Snook, Seatrout, Redfish, Tarpon, Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, Cobia, Shark, Mangrove Snapper, Grouper, Flounder, Jack Crevalle, Bluefish, Kingfish, TripleTail and others.

What are your Fishing Charter Rates?

Give Gone Fishing Charters a call. Captain Stewart Ames will advise you on what days are best to fish based on local tides and weather, as well as what species would be available to catch. Also, take the opportunity to inform the captain regarding what's important to you while on the charter. You will then be provided a price based on the experience that you are looking for.

Fishing Charter Equipment

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What You’ll Need

There are a few things that you may want to bring along with you to make your fishing day more enjoyable. These include sunscreen, hat, rain-gear, food, drinks (if you’d prefer something other than water or Gatorade), comfortable boat shoes/sandals that you don't mind getting wet, polarized sunglasses and jackets if fishing during our cooler months.

Departure Times and Location

Typical departure time is 8:00 AM however this may vary based on time of year and tides. If a later or earlier departure time will improve fishing opportunities, your captain will communicate this to you in advance of your charter. Unless other arrangements are made, charters will depart from Ozona Fish Camp in quaint, Ozona, Florida. Located on St Joseph’s sound, this marina provides snacks, drinks, and fishing tackle, as well as any other item you’re likely to need for a day on the water. Once back from your fishing trip, you can relax on the patio and enjoy a beautiful Florida sunset with your favorite cold beverage.

Deposits / Payments

A credit card (Master Card or Visa) is required at time of booking to hold your requested fishing date. Nothing is billed to this credit card at that time. Should a customer cancel less than 14 days in advance or the requested fishing trip date however, the credit card on file will be billed $200. Should a customer "no show" on the the day of their fishing trip, the customer will be charged for the full amount of the fishing trip. If a fishing trip is cancelled due to weather or if customer cancels a minimum of fourteen (14) days in advance of charter date, the customer will be charged nothing. Weather cancellations are made at the captain's discretion. Credit Card, check and cash are all acceptable forms of payment. Payment is handled at the conclusion of the fishing trip. Gratuities are appreciated.

Tampa Fishing Charter Gift Certificates

Tampa Fishing Charter Gift Certificate

If you’re looking for a unique and exciting gift for a birthday or other special event, Gone Fishing Charters has gift certificates available. Email me to arrange a fishing charter gift.



"My three sons and I have been fishing with Stewart 6-9 days per year since 2007 and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of those days. We’ve caught seven different species in a single day over the wrecks near shore and gone back inside for Snook and Redfish all in an 8 hour day. If you can fish one day per year or twenty days per year you will find Stewart as ready to catch fish as you are. bryan wilson Tampa snook fishingHe’ll work hard to have bait on the boat when you board in the morning so you’re instantly ready to go fish and he knows where the fish are so you’ll be fishing quickly. I’ve recommended Stewart to all of my guests that fish and all of them enjoyed the experience and look forward to going with him again and thanked me for recommending Stewart. Stewart Ames is a professional guide in every sense of the word and he’ll make certain your day on the water meets your expectations." -Bryan Wilson, Tulsa, OK/Clearwater Beach, FL"
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